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MSPT Graduate Workshop - 'Enfranchising the Youth'

"The Centre for Moral, Social and Political Theory" in the School of Philosophy organises a lunchtime seminar every week. The MSPT seminar normally takes place on Mondays from 12:30 to 2:00 in the HC Coombes Building, Seminar Room D. The current convenor for the MSPT seminar series is Seth Lazar (

MSPT Seminars are announced on both the the philsoc mailing list, and the CMSPT mailing list

The MSPT Graduate Workshop will meet on Friday 24/6, 4-5.30 to discuss Lachlan Umbers' paper, ‘Enfranchising the Youth’.


Children are, almost everywhere, denied the right to vote. Democratic theorists tend to assume, without a great deal of argument, that age-based discrimination in access to the franchise is justified. In this paper, I challenge the orthodoxy. I argue that all major, plausible accounts of the justification of democracy require the enfranchisement of a substantial proportion of the child population. Along the way, I consider and respond to several challenges raised to the idea of child enfranchisement.

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